The GWJ CRPG Club - Main Thread (Game 5 Voting Underway!)

im intressted!

Paincakes wrote:

im intressted! :)

Great! Ive added you as well. Welcome welcome!

I finally started playing Baldur's Gate Enhanced Edition a couple days ago. I don't think I've touched Baldur's Gate since I played it at release. I'm not enjoying this as much as I though I would. I'm not too far in. I'm in chapter 1 making my way to the town with the mining problems. I just did as much as I could in Beregost and headed south.

The story has been pretty thin so far. I really don't have any recollection from when I originally played it. The message log doesn't give very much info during combat. I'm guessing combat will get more interesting as party members level up, because for the most part they just stand and whack / shoot enemies until they die. Sometimes I'll have someone fire off a spell.

Not sure if I should press on. I liked Pillars of Eternity quite a bit, but this seems like a decently sized step backwards. Maybe there are some games I'm just not meant to return to after initially enjoying them. Anyone else in the same boat or have you guys enjoyed going back to Baldur's Gate?

I've played it through a few times (mostly just so I can play through the whole series in order) Baldurs Gate 1 has definitely aged the worst of the infinity engine games. That said, there are a bunch of mods and patches you can throw in to spice things up a bit if you search around a bit. The Tales from the Sword Coast content fares a bit better (especially the deadly dungeon crawl part).

Baldurs gate 2 though, is still fantastic , so if you're struggling, i'd say just skip BG1 and move on.

Since Shadowrun won the poll I don't think anyone else ended up starting Baldur's Gate. I was planning to nominate it next time around though.

Maybe BG is just a game now where I can only make a little progress per play session before I tire of it, say 1 map clear. I was hoping to play BGEE and then take that character into BG2EE (after a break). I guess I’ll play it by ear and if I feel like stopping then so be it.

Baldur's Gate got second, so it's probably got a decent chance of being the next game. A lot of people want to play it.

https://crpgbook.wordpress.com/2018/... might be relevant to our future choices.

oh cool, it's finished! Been waiting for the final release of that. Nice.

absurddoctor wrote:

https://crpgbook.wordpress.com/2018/... might be relevant to our future choices.

Wow, that's amazing! And free to boot.

WOW! That looks amazing!

We may as well scrap voting and just play through them in chronological order now, yeah?

Seriously, though, no one should have trouble coming up with something to nominate now.

steinkrug wrote:

WOW! That looks amazing!

We may as well scrap voting and just play through them in chronological order now, yeah?

Seriously, though, no one should have trouble coming up with something to nominate now.

I downloaded the PDF last night and "took a quick look." I ended up spending an hour with it and now I'm super tired today.

It's got a lot of authors, so I'm sure the writing quality varies, but the pieces I read from start to finish were quite good, much better than I expected.

I am interested.

Really impressive crpg book. Skimmed through it, made me super nostalgic.
Sad that someone need to invent a time machine (or maybe lvl up to cast time stop) to play all of these in chronological order.

Shadout wrote:

Really impressive crpg book. Skimmed through it, made me super nostalgic.
Sad that someone need to invent a time machine (or maybe lvl up to cast time stop) to play all of these in chronological order.


Tell that to this guy!
(FAQ)

If I meet him face to face, I will make sure to tell him.
As impressive as his played list is, it looks like he still got nearly 30 years of releases left

pyxistyx wrote:
Shadout wrote:

Really impressive crpg book. Skimmed through it, made me super nostalgic.
Sad that someone need to invent a time machine (or maybe lvl up to cast time stop) to play all of these in chronological order.


Tell that to this guy!
(FAQ)

DMG! That guy is still going? I haven't seen that for years. 279 completed RPGs. Wow. He's my new hero.

thejustinbot wrote:

I am interested.

Welcome! Still time to play the current game, too, if you'd like to join.

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Speaking of the first game, any thoughts on when we want to switch to our second game? First of May, first of April, something in between? (We started Shadowrun on January 20, three months would be an April 20 start.)

Godzilla Blitz wrote:

DMG!

I love this so much.

As for new club game, I'd say start of April or even start of March. Seems like people are cruising through Dragonfall.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:

It's got a lot of authors, so I'm sure the writing quality varies, but the pieces I read from start to finish were quite good, much better than I expected.

According to one of their recent Patreon updates, a handful of writers from Hardcore Gaming 101 assisted on that project. HG101 usually has pretty decent writing and a style that likely echoes what the book is doing.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:

DMG!

I love this so much.

As for new club game, I'd say start of April or even start of March. Seems like people are cruising through Dragonfall.

There are a number of people in the first quarter of the game too, and a few playing all three games who are done with Returns and early on in Dragonfall now. Then there is overachiever pyxistyx, who has flown through two games and an expansion! She's our only official finisher so far.

Yeah, maybe see where everybody is at the end of the month. Then you can decide if it’s a good time to open up nominations and another round of voting for a game starting in April?

beanman101283 wrote:

Yeah, maybe see where everybody is at the end of the month. Then you can decide if it’s a good time to open up nominations and another round of voting for a game starting in April?

This sounds like a fine suggestion. Let's play it by ear and see how people are doing as February moves along, with a rough plan for starting the next game sometime between March 15 and May 1.

Godzilla Blitz wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:
Godzilla Blitz wrote:

DMG!

I love this so much.

As for new club game, I'd say start of April or even start of March. Seems like people are cruising through Dragonfall.

There are a number of people in the first quarter of the game too, and a few playing all three games who are done with Returns and early on in Dragonfall now. Then there is overachiever pyxistyx, who has flown through two games and an expansion! She's our only official finisher so far.

in my defence, I was still officially on holiday at the time

I've got about four different course projects / research to do now, so things should slow down considerably once we move on to game number two!

absurddoctor wrote:

https://crpgbook.wordpress.com/2018/... might be relevant to our future choices.

Enjoying this.

Surprised they put Fallout 4 in, even if to express displeasure with it. There's barely any "RPG" left in Fallout 4 to speak of (which of course is their complaint... but then why include it at all?)

Yet at the same time, I'm glad it's not overly "true Scotsman" with their definition of RPG - action RPGs, looter shooters, and hybrids get included. So in that sense, I guess I get it.

*Legion* wrote:
absurddoctor wrote:

https://crpgbook.wordpress.com/2018/... might be relevant to our future choices.

Enjoying this.

Surprised they put Fallout 4 in, even if to express displeasure with it. There's barely any "RPG" left in Fallout 4 to speak of (which of course is their complaint... but then why include it at all?)

Yet at the same time, I'm glad it's not overly "true Scotsman" with their definition of RPG - action RPGs, looter shooters, and hybrids get included. So in that sense, I guess I get it.

Well, I suppose it's for the historical connection to the prior games. Were it the first game in a series it wouldn't be there, but if you're reading straight through the book it covers where the Fallout games ended up.

I'm confused as to how Fallout 4 isn't an RPG, but after all the bitter conversations about Fallout 3, I'm not sure I want to touch that one.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'm confused as to how Fallout 4 isn't an RPG, but after all the bitter conversations about Fallout 3, I'm not sure I want to touch that one. ;)

I can't think of a better explanation than this unrelated comment I stumbled on yesterday:

Shader10 wrote:

What has gamer culture ever been except fear and anger directed at things that don't fit a narrow definition of purity?

Oh apparently I need to be added to the list of names in the first post.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

I'm confused as to how Fallout 4 isn't an RPG, but after all the bitter conversations about Fallout 3, I'm not sure I want to touch that one. ;)

I didn’t find the article in the book all that convincing.

beanman101283 wrote:

Oh apparently I need to be added to the list of names in the first post.

Whoops! Sorry about that, my assistant must have messed up. I'll fire him and hire a new one.

In any case, you're added now, and you membership is fully activated.